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Joan Kyle has been honored as the South Lake Chamber of Commerce's June 2015 Gem of the Hills.

The presentation was made at the June breakfast meeting of the Chamber in Historic Downtown Clermont by Kalena Meyers, chair of the community relations committee.

Kyle was born in Binghamton, NY, but has been a Florida resident since 1978 when she moved here with her two children. She initially worked with an agricultural products distributor as an accountant and office manager.

Kyle admitted she was new to that business but began a career that she developed a passion for. She turned that passion into an interest in feeding the world, agricultural education, landscape horticulture and volunteer community service.

Kyle is a member of the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association, Florida Fruit and vegetable Association, and numerous other professional organizations.

She was honored as Kiwanian of the year for two years, 2008-2009, and again in 2009-2010. She served as club president from 2009-2010.

She has served on the board of directors for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom since 1997 and as its treasurer since 2000.

She was Woman of the Year for Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, Beta Theta Chapter where she also received additional awards.

Kyle also volunteers at the local University of Florida County Extension Service and is a IFAS Master Gardener. At the center she educates the community on horticultural landscaping, turf and home garden issues.

She is currently Florida Regional Representative for Nutrients for Life Foundation and is a partner in Mel and Joan Kyle Consulting Services. She has been married 22 years and has four children, seven grandchildren and a golden retriever.

She joins an elite group of individuals who have contributed to South Lake County.

Joan Kyle is honored as the June 2015 South
Lake Chamber of Commerce Gem of the Hills
Chamber of commerce Gem of the Hills
Kalena Meyers, left, presents the Gem of the Hills Award to Joan Kyle for June 2015. Kyle was honored at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce breakfast this month. (Photo by Mike Corradino)

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